the classic guide

A guide to the West Country from the people that know…

Best gardens in Somerset

From cottage gardens to manor house manicured lawns. Somerset has a garden for every green finger.

East Lambrook Manor Gardens

A grand cottage garden on a domestic scale, these are approachable gardens that inspire you to think you could do it yourself. There is a lovely story behind how the gardens came to be and in 1992 they were granted Grade 1 status by English Heritage. Enjoy the gardens, relax in the café, wander the gallery or get learning on one of the horticultural history courses.


Cothay Manor and Gardens

A magical medieval manor, with 12 acres of equally magical gardens. Garden rooms, courtyard, a river walk, and even a bog to explore, all with many accolades to support its worthiness as a place to visit, there is lots to learn about English history here.


Cricket St Thomas Gardens and Lakes

No longer a wildlife park, but the gardens and lakes were so good they couldn’t keep them closed off for long. They’re Grade II listed and now feature a Grotto and water garden amongst the acres of woodland walks, lakes and formal gardens. They’ve even got their own train to take you around the valley and admire the vista at a leisurely pace.

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